Family Visit Visa

This visa is issued to relatives of Chinese citizens or foreigners residing in China with a permanent residence permit. The S1 Chinese visa can be valid for a stay of up to 180 days in rare cases, but most often 90 days can be expected.

Regular service fee per visa:

$119

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Passport

You must provide your actual signed passport, including one copy of the personal information page of your passport. Your passport must:
  • Be valid for six months beyond the length of your requested visa (for example, if you are requesting a 12 month visa your passport must be valid for 18 months )
  • Contain at least two blank visa pages for the visa stamp (amendments and endorsement pages cannot be used to fulfill this requirement)
  • Not be frayed, torn, separating, or altered in any other way

If your passport does not meet these requirements, please contact China Visa Service Center at 1-800-799-6560 for further details.

Photograph(s)

The Chinese Consulate requires a photograph that meets very strict requirements. We strongly recommend that you submit your photograph electronically to China Visa Service Center so we can ensure it meets the stringent characteristics mandated by the Chinese Consulate. Follow https://www.mychinavisa.com/photo-service to upload your photo.

 

All electronic photo submissions must be taken within the last six months against an all-white background. It must show a full frontal view of your head, face centered in the middle, the tops of your shoulders, and display a neutral (non-smiling) expression with eyes open, mouth closed, and ears visible. No background light or shadows are permitted. You may not wear eyeglasses, jewelry, or headwear except for religious purposes. Do not wear a white shirt. 

Should you elect to submit an actual photograph then it must meet all of the above criteria and:

  • Be exactly 48 mm tall by 33 mm wide 
  • Be printed on high-quality photo paper
  • Not be affixed to your application, with no evidence of adhesive tape or staples

Note that most passport photo vendors produce photos that are 2 inches by 2 inches and are not acceptable. China Visa Service Center cannot submit applications with incorrectly formatted photographs.

Letter of Invitation

You must provide a letter of invitation from the individual you are visiting. The invitation must:

  • Include your name, gender, and date of birth
  • Provide host's full name, contact information, telephone number, address, and signature
  • Include information regarding the relationship between you and your host
  • Detail the purpose of your trip
  • Specify your arrival and departure dates
  • Include the full address of the intended residence
  • Specify who is financially responsible for the trip

Proof of State Residency

You must provide a proof of your current address of residency. The document must either be a copy of the front of your driver's license or government ID, or a utility bill. The document must:

  • Display your name as it appears on your passport
  • Display the current residence address as provided on your visa application

Please note, if you must submit a utility bill the consulate requires electric, gas, or a water bill; phone and cable bills are not accepted.

China Visa Service Center Order Form

Provide the China Visa Service Center Order Form included in this kit.

Visa Application Form

One typed, fully completed, and signed application form.

Completing the application form can be time-consuming and complicated. Use the China Visa Service Center China Document Preparation Service to ensure your documentation is accurately prepared and correctly submitted according to consular requirements. In order to facilitate this, please complete the China Visa Service Center China Document Preparation Service form which can be found in this application pack.

We'll complete the visa application on your behalf in 24 hours or fewer, excluding Saturday or Sunday and contact you if any information is missing or incomplete. Once China Visa Service Center have completed your online application we will send it to you for your signature. An original signature is required so you will need to return the form to us by post or courier once signed.

Alternatively, the visa application form can be filled in by the applicant. The application form must:

  • Be typed in all capital letters
  • Be completed using the form found in this kit
  • Include answers to all fields (NA where not applicable)
  • Have all dates entered as YEAR/MONTH/DAY format
  • Include your name exactly as it appears on your passport
  • Be printed single sided, signed, and included with the documents you submit to China Visa Service Center

You selected the China Visa Service Center Document Preparation Service for your visa application. Please complete the form at https://www.mychinavisa.com/formfill-order/us-china-form

We'll complete the visa application on your behalf in 24 hours or fewer, excluding Saturday or Sunday and contact you if any information is missing or incomplete. Once China Visa Service Center have completed your online application we will send it to you for your signature. An original signature is required so you will need to return the form to us by post or courier once signed.

One typed, fully completed, and signed application form. The application form must:

  • Be typed in all capital letters
  • Be completed using the form found in this kit
  • Include answers to all fields
  • Include your name exactly as it appears on your passport
  • Be printed and signed and included with the documents you submit to China Visa Service Center

One typed, fully completed, and signed application form.

Completing the application form can be time-consuming and complicated. Use the China Visa Service Center China Document Preparation Service to ensure your documentation is accurately prepared and correctly submitted according to consular requirements. In order to facilitate this, please complete the China Visa Service Center China Document Preparation Service form which can be found at https://www.mychinavisa.com/formfill-order/us-china-form.

We'll complete the visa application on your behalf in 24 hours or fewer, excluding Saturday or Sunday and contact you if any information is missing or incomplete. Once China Visa Service Center have completed your online application we will send it to you for your signature. An original signature is required so you will need to return the form to us by post or courier once signed.

Alternatively, the visa application form can be filled in by the applicant. The application form must:

  • Be typed in all capital letters
  • Be completed using the form found in this kit
  • Include answers to all fields
  • Include your name exactly as it appears on your passport
  • Be printed and signed and included with the documents you submit to China Visa Service Center

China Visa Service Center provides a guide to assist you in completing the application. To access the guide follow this link: https://www.mychinavisa.com/forms?formname=China Application Guide.pdf or type the address into your browser.

Travel Record

You must provide a copy of the travel record form. The form must:

  • Include all countries that you have visited in the last 14 days 
  • Be signed
  • Include entry/exit dates of each travel

Click here to download and complete the form.

Health Declaration

Applicants must provide the Health Declaration Form which can be found within the China Visa Service Center Application kit.

Authorization Letter

You must provide a letter of authorization found in this kit, authorizing China Visa Service Center to submit and collect your visa application and documents on your behalf.

Proof of Travel Arrangements

You must provide proof of travel arrangements for the duration of your trip. Details of your intended arrangements must:
  • Include a copy of an itinerary or e-ticket that displays your round trip travel and entry and exit dates for your destination
  • Show the traveler's full name (as printed in his or her passport)

Former PRC Nationals or Individuals Born in Chinese Territories

If you are a former PRC passport holder or were born in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, or Macau:

  • You must write your name in Chinese characters for question 1.2 on the visa application form
  • You must provide a copy of your most recent China visa and a copy of the passport in which the visa was issued
  • If you have never been issued a China visa you must submit your original China passport and a copy of your Green Card, and a copy of your Naturalization Certificate
  • If you were adopted from China you must also include a copy of your adoption papers showing adoptive parents names, name change, and photo with parents (do not include the original papers).  If applicable, include a copy of your naturalization certificate and U.S. birth certificate.

Proof of Kinship

You must provide proof of kinship to the spouse or family member you are visiting in China. You must include one of the following:

  • Original and copy of marriage certificate
  • Original and copy of birth certificate
  • Notarized certification of kinship

Additional Documents

You must provide:

  • A copy of the passport and residence permit of the family member you intend to visit
  • A copy of the Chinese national ID of the family member you intend to visit.

Media Professionals and Religious Professionals

If you are a religious professional, media professional or employed by a media company, even if you are not traveling for business purposes, you must submit both a personal statement and a letter from your employer on company letterhead indicating that you are not traveling on company business and will not be performing any media or religious related work.

Previous Visas

If you have been granted a China visa in the past, you must provide a copy of the most recent issued China visa.

Applicants with Criminal Record

Travelers with a criminal record will be required to appear in person at the consulate in order to provide biometrics.

U.S. Citizens Born in Certain Countries

U.S. citizens born in Afghanistan, Cameroon, Iraq, Iran, Pakistan, Nigeria, Tunisia, Turkey, or Syria who are currently traveling to China with their American passport will need to make a personal appearance in order to apply for a visa to China. China Visa Service Center will be unable to assist you with your visa request.

Urgent Applications

If you have an urgent visa application that carries a tight deadline, China Visa Service Center can help you to save valuable time and avoid expensive delays. A China Visa Service Center expert will review all of your documents to certify your application is accurate, complete and ready for submission. We will contact you personally to quickly handle any mistakes ensuring your application is submitted correctly. Visit https://www.mychinavisa.com/visa-pre-check-service to learn more about this service.
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Consular Fee

Service Fee

Processing Time

Standard

$140

$119

8 Business Days

Rush

$140

$169

4 Business Days

  • Processing time means the time it takes for the Chinese Consulate to process your visa. Please allow extra time for shipping and handling.

  • Send all documents in a secure way (FedEx, UPS, Express Mail or Certified Mail) to a designated China Visa Service Center office.

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